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Wednesday, 20 January, 2021
Mid-Century Modern furniture brings in the bids at Cuttlestones…
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder – and Mid-Century modern furniture, generally hailing from the 1950s – 1970s, is a prime example of ‘love it or loath it’ styling. For some, it’s an outdated reminder of their parents’ or granny’s homes during childhood, but more and more people are now recognising the stylish design and quality of these pieces - and they are becoming valuable vintage finds.
It looks like the trend is set to continue in 2021, and Staffordshire auction house Cuttlestones saw Mid-Century Modern furniture attract some pretty impressive prices during its first online Antiques & Interiors sale of the year. The undoubted star lot of the 13th January auction was retro teak-cased ‘Garrard Model 301’ radiogramme with stellaphone reel-2-reel player, hailing from a local estate in Rugeley, which took £2,400 with premium – despite its part-plywood construction. Elsewhere in the same sale, a Gomme for G-Plan retro four drawer chest and a dressing table from the same range sold for a combined £440.
Another big name from the era – Ercol – also performed well, with a ‘Windsor’ glazed bookcase with two drawers and cupboards fetching £260; and a ‘Windsor’ dropleaf table with two ‘Swan’ hoopback chairs achieving £230. A retro teak ‘Avalon’ sideboard saw the hammer fall at £240 while a retro Italian light fitting designed by Harvey Guzzini sold for £260. MD & Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:
“Over the past 5 or so years, we’ve noticed a surge of interest in Mid-Century Modern furniture and accessories, and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down. The G-Plan furniture from this sale is a classic example – 10 years ago, this would likely have been thrown straight in the skip as there was just no market for it and it was seen as ‘outdated’, but now people are actively seeking out these pieces to achieve a vintage look in their homes.
“So don’t write off Aunty’s 1960s dressing table or your grandparents’ Ercol dining room set and sideboard, as it could be worth a lot more than you thought!”
And it wasn’t just 20th Century furniture that sold well during the auction – artwork from the mid-20th century also performed well – including works linked to two of the period’s biggest names in art. A mixed media study on paper entitled ‘The Big Apple’, After Andy Warhol, achieved £140 thanks to its connections to the lauded modern artist while a pencil sketch of a street scene entitled ‘Salford’ - and attributed to the Circle of Stephen Lowry - fetched £290.
Cuttlestones, which has salerooms in both Penkridge and Wolverhampton and is operating online-only auctions during lockdown, is now offering free remote valuations - email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 07949 603872.
Image Caption: Cuttlestones’ Ben Gamble with the radiogramme which sold for £2,400